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Vampyroteuthis infernalis

(via TOLweb)

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  1. #1 Sven DiMilo
    December 26, 2008

    shit…it’s Friday?

  2. #2 Quiet_Desperation
    December 26, 2008

    Damn! I better get my Halloween shopping started!

    Anyone know if any online stores sell human livers?

  3. #3 Patricia, OM
    December 26, 2008

    Is it Friday?!
    I’ve been snowed in so long I don’t even remember what year this is. Waah!

  4. #4 TSC
    December 26, 2008

    Oh good, we’re getting an early start.

  5. #5 mr-zero
    December 26, 2008

    Vampire squid are amazing. They can turn themselves inside out to reveal rows of spikes on the outside.

  6. #6 llewelly
    December 26, 2008

    Anyone know if any online stores sell human livers?

    Try Hastur’s House of Tasty Treats.

  7. #7 mr-zero
    December 26, 2008

    Vampire squid are amazing. They can turn themselves inside out to reveal rows of spikes on the outside.

  8. #8 itwasntme
    December 26, 2008

    This one is my favorite. Whenever we get to another planet, their life-forms will seem mild by comparison.

  9. #9 Anonymous mispeller
    December 26, 2008

    Is that its real scientific name? Vampyro…? Why not Vampiro? Me smells a rat here PZ!

  10. #10 ThirtyFiveUp
    December 26, 2008

    I now have Cuttlefish’s book; Santa Claus brought it for me.

    Another happy cephalopod sings this morning.

  11. #11 kai
    December 26, 2008

    I am so disappointed by them being small enough to carry around in one’s hands. I want big, nasty, human-eating, flesh-rending vampire squids!

  12. #12 Sven DiMilo
    December 26, 2008

    Vampyroteuthis is correct. No rat.

  13. #13 Stygian Lamprey
    December 26, 2008

    Vampyroteuthis Infernalis

    Literally, Vampire Squid from Hell.

    That’s so effing metal.

  14. #14 Norman Doering
    December 26, 2008

    Stygian Lamprey wrote:

    Vampyroteuthis Infernalis
    Literally, Vampire Squid from Hell.
    That’s so effing metal.

    Yes… it is effing metal. Vampyroteuthis Infernalis… hmmm, yes, it might be a good name for a heavy metal band or an album.

    By the way, heavy metal was my Christmas gift to the world this year:
    http://normdoering.blogspot.com/2008/12/my-christmas-gift.html

    Click the links for lots of Ozzy, Manson, and NIN.

    And if anyone knows anything new in metal I can find on the web, please drop a link into my blog. I’ve got time to listen to new stuff for the next week. I can’t find new metal on my local radio stations anymore and I don’t know where to go on the web.

    Help if you can.

  15. #15 Jim Thomerson
    December 26, 2008

    It is OK for you to feel envy. I have actually seen a live vampire squid. It was somewhat the worse for having been captured in a deep sea trawl. I could have touched it, but didn’t. Talk about opportunity missed!

  16. #16 DaveH
    December 26, 2008

    I love the way that those dark spots up near the fins are bioluminescent spots; fake eyes! Of course, this implies that there’s something down there that’s so balls-out hard that it caused Vampyroteuthis to have to evolve defense mechanisms…… that’s not a creature I want to meet when out swimming

  17. #17 Sven DiMilo
    December 26, 2008

    What I’ve never known about before are the modified arms that act as retractable “feelers”–in this photo one is visible as the string-like item emerging from the crotch of the two large arms above the eye. Curiouser and curiouser!

  18. #18 Atheist Chaplain
    December 26, 2008

    Norman Doering | December 26, 2008 2:51 PM #14
    you might try Triple J(aussie radio station that streams over the web as well as brover the air all over Australia) and “Full Metal Racket” its a show dedicated to Metal, they have pod casts and often free mp3 downloads so why not go here and have a listen
    http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/racket/

  19. #19 Crudely Wrott
    December 26, 2008

    If you follow the link to TOLweb you will read, under the heading Characteristics,
    “3. Funnel
    a. Funnel valve absent.”

    For an octopodiform, this sounds like a drag.

  20. #20 hery
    January 25, 2010

    anyone knows anything new in metal I can find on the web?